The Scary Truth About Hair Extensions

Photographed by Nina Westervelt.
Like 'em or not, extensions are a beauty staple, whether on the red carpet or in real life. Some women opt for synthetic tracks, while others prefer human hair. But, have you ever stopped to think about where they come from? Byrdie took an in-depth look at the sources of faux hair — and, in some cases, it's disturbing.
The main issue is that the industry isn't regulated, so companies label their extensions as high-quality, even if they aren't. This causes a big problem for women who shell out thousands for top-shelf brands they believe to be ethically sourced — only to end up with mixed bags of strands.
Click over to learn the differences between legit and black-market extensions — a must-read if you're considering investing in some yourself. (Byrdie)

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